Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
[18] And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on
earth. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded
you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.Amen"


Most of us know this verse. We understand that it is what we call the Great Commission.
Jesus tells us the “Church” to go out and make new Christians. To continue to add to the “Church.”
Most of the time we look at the Go therefore, and stop right there, we understand that we need too do
missions. I know several people right now that I could put you with and you could go and do missions.
Locally, nationally, and internationally.


As I look at the Great Commission go therefore is only one part of it.
I feel that we can break it down into 3 or 4 parts depending on how you look at it.
1. Go therefore
2. Make disciples
3. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
4. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.


Go therefore we do pretty well.
Make disciples, I think we have a pretty good grip on that too. Most of us realize that the purpose for
going is to make disciples. I believe that we can always do better at this, because as long as there are
lost people we need to do a better job.


Baptize them. I have yet to see a church that has a problem baptizing new believers.


Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded!
This is really what I would like to focus on.

Evangelical writer Eric Metaxas remarked on BreakPoint last week that if Americans took a theology exam, their only hope of passing would be
if God graded on a curve. He’s right. In knowing both the content of the Bible and the doctrinal foundations of Christianity, we Americans aren’t
just at the bottom of our class. We are, as Ross Douthat argues in his book, “Bad Religion,” a nation of heretics.
A survey of 3,000 people conducted by LifeWay Research and commissioned by Ligonier Ministries found that although Americans still
overwhelmingly identify as “Christian,” startling percentages of the nation embrace ancient errors condemned by all major Christian traditions. 
(taken from an article by G. Shane Morris)

Many studies and surveys come to a conclusion that maybe we need to do a better job at “Teaching
them.”

As a young pastor I saw that many of the people in my Church were unlearned. Not dumb or incapable
of learning, but it seemed as if no one had taken the time to teach them.
I have made it my purpose in the church to teach.


I don’t believe that the “Church” has failed to teach them out any malicious intent. I believe that that
“Church” has just failed to realize the importance of this part of our commission.


Titus 2:1-8 NKJV
[1] But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: [2] that the older men be
sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; [3] the older women likewise, that they
be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- [4] that they
admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, [5] to be discreet, chaste,
homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. [6]
Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, [7] in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of
good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, [8] sound speech that cannot be
condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.


1 Timothy 5:1-2 NKJV
[1] Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, [2] older women
as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.


Scripture encourages us to help each other. To lift each other up, to show each other the proper way.
Sometimes this is easy but often it isn’t
Regardless we are still called to do this.